How Konerko Might Win

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

AL Final Man Race

Paul Konerko of the White Sox moved into third place today in the American League Final Man voting, behind New York’s Nick Swisher and Boston’s Kevin Youkilis.

Thanks to all those White Sox and Rockies (and Blackhawk) fans for voting.  Keep casting your ballots here.

For those of you who haven’t heard, we agreed with the Rockies to support their player, Carlos Gonzalez, in exchange for their supporting ours.  And the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks were kind enough to support our “Turn Hollywood into Pauliewood” campaign as well (follow @NHLBlackhawks).

So here’s how Paulie has a chance …

There is always a surge of voting on the final day just before the votes are tallied at 3 pm CT.  (Winner is announced at 3:30 p.m. CT).  It is a big advantage for any player whose team happens to being playing a home day game while the final voting is happening.  And tomorrow, only two Final Man candidates are playing home day games … you guessed it, the Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox.

So while you are sitting at work, watching or listening to the White Sox game, vote, vote and then vote some more.  We have to take advantage of this opportunity.  Will it be enough to get Paulie ahead of the Yankees and Red Sox?  We’ll see.  There might be too much room to make up.  But we aren’t going down without a fight.

Today’s Campaign News

Today, movie star, Chicagoan and White Sox fan Michael Clark Duncan (Green Mile), taped a promotional message in support of Konerko’s campaign.

To listen, click here.

And a group of volunteers from a local Boys & Girls Club came out to USCF and created their very own Pauliewood Walk of Fame in honor of Konerko.  Go to my twitter feed @InsideTheSox to see video and photo.


Juan Pierre and Darrin Jackson took our RBI baseball teams to a local Dick’s store this morning to help the athletes buy supplies for their upcoming trip to the RBI regional playoffs.  (Thanks to ***** for giving each kid a gift card for the shopping spree).

Pierre said all of the kids were buying tape and he wondered why?

“Then I realized that they all wanted to tape their wrists to look like the pros,” he laughed.  “And I remembered that we did the same thing when we were kids.”

Video and photos of this store visit can also be found @InsideTheSox.



Good news/ Bad news…… Yea! baseball tonight! but starting late. Nice turn on the DP to get us out of that jam in the 2nd. Go Sox’10…..j.k.

Meanwhile, back to the game. Now 2-1 going to the bottom of the fifth. But for the error, it would still be 2-0. More runs Boys, Go Sox’10….j.k.

Three errors… OUCH! But so far Freddie has been able to overcome them. More runs Boys. Go Sox, go…j.k.

And then there’s something to be said for Lillibridge as a DH!!!! Clutch hit plates two for a 5-1 Sox lead and then JJ Putz goes 1-2-3 in the seventh. Atta way Boys…. j.k.

But after all is said and done, we have another White Sox winner…… Can we sweep a four game series tomorrow afternoon????? Stay tuned to our second place Sox and find out.. Go Johnny D and Go Sox’10…j.k.

P.S. no more errors for a while, please….


Nice synopsis on the game. I was watching and did not log on until just now at 12:30 after the West Coast special at the Cell finished. Sox just wanted to make sure you had time for dinner before having to pull them through their fourth straight, fifth of six (against two very good teams) and 21 of their last 26.

To paraphrase Hawk, “Don’t stop (watching) now boys (and girls). This team looks like it intends to be a contender in the second half, even without Big Jake.”

Sloppy, sloppy win, but a win is a win is a win. You know it’s your night when your set-up man hits two hitters in a row and then a future hall of famer starts a double error play and your opponet only scores one run.
Jake is gone for the year. Only surgery will repair that torn lat. Stoney thinks and I have to agree we will never see the 97 Cy Young Peavy again. I only hope we see him again next year and that this does not turn into a career ender. Very freaky muscle tear and considering 1) his age, 2) his motion, and 3) his health history/durability we may have seen the last of Jake. I hope not, but time will tell.

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